The Bombay High Court yesterday asked the Maharashtra government to explain why it did not consider the autopsy and chemical analysis reports of a woman, killed in the Maval police firing incident of 2011, during the departmental inquiry against four police officials.

The division bench of Justices A S Oka and A P Bhangale was hearing a PIL seeking action against the then Superintendent of Police Sandeep Karnik and others over the incident in which three persons were killed.

While the government claimed that Karnik fired two real bullets in the air to disperse the mob and then fired plastic bullets into the mob, activist I G Khandelwal, who filed the PIL, alleged that a real bullet fired by Karnik killed the woman.

At the last hearing, the HC had sought the post-mortem and chemical analysis reports and also the report of M G Gaikwad committee to verify the petitioner's claim. The court gave the government a week to file its reply.